The Best of This Week

The week’s must-reads for managing in the digital age, curated by the MIT SMR editors.

Reading Time: 2 min 

Topics

Weekly Recap

The Best of This Week is a roundup of essential articles for managers in the digital age, including content from MIT Sloan Management Review and other publications around the globe, curated by MIT SMR editors.
See All Articles in This Series

MIT SMR’s Summer 2020 Issue, Now Live

The global pandemic has revealed weaknesses in our planning, priorities, and systems and has highlighted individuals’ and institutions’ flawed approaches to risk management and decision-making. But at the same time, it has shined a bright light on the strong leaders who have embraced their responsibility to support their employees and society during the COVID-19 crisis. This summer’s issue of MIT SMR explores how the pandemic has already changed the business world — and how we can move forward.

Is the Empire of the Office Over?

The office has triumphed over modern work life, defining where we present our professional selves and spend our daylight hours — and much of our lives. In 1843 magazine, Catherine Nixey briefly traces an intriguing history of offices, from early corporate examples in 1820s London to today’s pandemic-emptied open-concept workspaces largely abandoned for our homes. “Despite the commute and the colleagues, the sitting and the stale meetings, offices bring many of us something else too: joy.”

Leaders Cannot Afford Silence on Racial Injustice

Racism and racial discrimination are deeply woven into the fabric of America. Leaders’ words and actions on these crucial topics matter to your employees and customers — and can make a difference in the world. This article focuses on five actions your organization can take right now to both help employees cope and contribute to dismantling the systems of racism.

In the Wake of #BlackOutTuesday, Questioning ‘Woke Brands’

Last week’s #BlackOutTuesday, a music-industry initiative that quickly spread across social media, resulted in countless posts from corporate brands that struck The Atlantic’s Amanda Mull as “nearly identical in their vague phrasing and awkward execution.” It’s a crucial point for customers and companies alike to question what, beyond virtue signaling, do these messages offer?

Collaborating Productively While Working at a Distance

How should companies plan for the future in the context of working from home on dispersed teams? There is no single solution, but it will involve a combination of technology deployment and job redesign. For some jobs, the biggest challenge will be replicating the serendipity of chance in-person encounters.

What Else We’re Reading This Week:

Quote of the Week:

“We know from social science how to address some key issues at the individual, relational, collective, and context levels. The trick is that we have to do this all at once and in collaboration with each other. The trick is that we need to be inspired by our leaders to move forward coherently and consistently together. The trick is that we need to tap into our individual values within each of our contexts so that we can recognize our common humanity.”

— Morela Hernandez, the Donald and Lauren Morel Emerging Scholar in Business Administration and associate professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, in this week’s Three Big Points podcast episode, “Humanity: A Leader’s Secret Weapon

Topics

Weekly Recap

The Best of This Week is a roundup of essential articles for managers in the digital age, including content from MIT Sloan Management Review and other publications around the globe, curated by MIT SMR editors.
See All Articles in This Series

More Like This

Add a comment

You must to post a comment.

First time here? Sign up for a free account: Comment on articles and get access to many more articles.